Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, March 16, 2014 9-Noon at Bill's Bees Bee Yard

This Sunday take a peek inside a beehive with Bill Lewis and Clyde Steese, The basics of beekeeping, Q&A.

Woodworking:  Learn to build bee boxes and frames and how to string frames with long-time beekeeper, Walt McBride, and LACBA Vice President, Keith Roberts. 

All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.)

Bee Suits Required. For details and directions see our Beekeeping Class 101 page

We teach 'Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment! Come, Learn, Enjoy!!!

Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, November 10, 2013 9-noon

REMINDER: Beekeeping Class 101: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  

This is our last beekeeping class for the season. Topic: Keeping Bees Alive Through The Dearth
Bee Suits Required. All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.) For details and directions see our Beekeeping Classes page. Our 2014 Beekeeping Class 101 will start up sometime in February. We will post the dates as soon as they're available. Thank you! Learn Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment! 

Beekeeping Class 101: May 19, 2013 - Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Beekeeping Class 101: May 19, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  

All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.)

Bee Suits Required. For details and directions see our Beekeeping Classes page

We teach 'Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment! Come, Learn, Enjoy!!!

The March of the Bees

See the March of the Bees. At our April 21st Beekeeping Class 101, we learned how to approach a hive, open a hive, more about what goes on in a hive, how to search for mites, and what to do if we find them. We also learned how to remove a hive from a birdhouse. Did you know, if you empty a hive of bees onto a sheet, they'll march right up that sheet to their new home? Check it out at our new Photo Gallery. (Photos courtesy of Jon Reese)

Our next Beekeeping Class 101 is May 19, 2013 9-noon at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Hope to see you there!!!

Beekeeping Class 101: April 21, 2013 - Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Beekeeping Class 101: April 21, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  

This Sunday we will cover:
1) Hive inspection, ready for a super?
2) Installing a package
3) Mite testing, compare 2 methods
4) Transfering bees from a birdhouse to standard frames.Hive inspection, ready for a super?

All are welcome. $10 fee for non-members. Free to members (membership $10/year.)

Bee Suits Required. For details and directions see our Beekeeping Classes page

We teach 'Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment! Come, Learn, Enjoy!!!

Beekeeping Class 101: March 17, 2013 - Bill's Bees Bee Yard

Reminder: Beekeeping Class 101: March 17, 2013 - 9am-Noon. Bill's Bees Bee Yard.  Topic: How to put on your bee suit so you don't get stung. Tour through the inside of a hive. For details see our Beekeeping Classes page. Responsible Beekeeping in an Urban Environment!

Beekeeping Class 101 Monday, March 4, 2013 - Topic: Woodworking

Beekeeping Class 101 will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013. The topic is Woodworking (Woodenware and assembly for your hives). It will be taught by long time beekeeper, Walt McBride. Doors open at 7:00pm, Meeting begins at 7:30. This class will be held at our regular Monday night meeting location: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., LaCrescenta, CA 91214. Hope to see you there!!!

Bees, Lies and Evidence-based Policy

(The following was submitted by Mary Beth Murril throuch LACBA Sec, Stacy McKenna)  

Nature.com  By Lynn Dicks   2/20/13

Misinformation forms an inevitable part of public debate, but scientists should always focus on informing the decision-makers, advises Lynn Dicks.

Saving bees is a fashionable cause. Bees are under pressure from disease and habitat loss, but another insidious threat has come to the fore recently. Concern in conservation and scientific circles over a group of agricultural insecticides has now reached the policy arena. Next week, an expert committee of the European Union (EU) will vote on a proposed two-year ban on some uses of clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid. These are neonicotinoids, systemic insecticides carried inside plant tissues. Although they protect leaves and stems from attack by aphids and other pests, they have subtle toxic effects on bees, substantially reducing their foraging efficiency and ability to raise young. 

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